This week, the lovely Andrey Smidl from D1 Models dropped by the office for a shoot. Here’s what happened.
How did you become a model?
I went to a concert in Prague and in the club afterwards my agent came up to me and asked if I was photogenic. Four months later, I was in Paris walking in shows!
What were you doing before modelling?
Working in a pizzeria.
What do you like to do when you’re not modelling?
I like going to parties, reading books and just chilling with my friends. I enjoy doing sports, I used to do a lot of boxing, but now I don’t have time and I can’t afford to have bruises all over my face!
What’s your favourite film?
I like Jim Jarmusch films like Broken Flowers. It’s not your classic movie; you never know what’s going to happen. I also watch a lot of prison movies and The Godfather is pretty good.
What shows did you walk in last season?
In Milan I did Prada, Neil Barrett and Costume National. In London- Lou Dalton and Topman and in Paris I walked for Kenzo. I like doing the shows as you get to work with all your friends in all the different cities, which is fun.
Do you have a particular photographer you would like to work with?
I liked working with Andrea Spotorno and of course I would like to shoot with Steven Meisel.
What couldn’t you live without?
My five sim cards, two or three maps when I’m in different cities and my Oyster card!
What’s been your favourite fashion moment so far?
It’s hard to say just one, as I’ve met so many great people that are the best at what they do.
What would you like to do in the future?
Continue modelling and would like to explore acting.
Photographer David Adams Fashion Editor and words Francesca Prudente Hair Lotte O’Shea using AVEDA Make up Bobana Parojcic using M.A.C Model Andrey Smidl at D1 MODELS In all images Andrey wears leather jacket by MCQ and t-shirt ANDREY’S OWN
AGE: 22 FULL NAME: ANDREY SMIDL BIRTH DATE: 11.06.1989 ETHNIC ORIGIN: CZECH REPUBLIC NICKNAME: ANDRE THE GIANT HOW WERE YOU SCOUTED: AT A PARTY IN PRAGUE. MY AGENT PASSED ME HIS BUSINESS CARD AND IN 4 MONTHS I WAS AT PARIS FASHION WEEK. BEST FEATURE: MY TOES FAVOURITE FOOD: CHICKEN, PORK, BEEF STEAK HOBBIES: SPORTS, MUSIC, DANCING, MOVIES, READING. FAVOURITE MOVIE: DOWN BY LAW, BRONSON, TAXI DRIVER… WHAT WAS THE LAST TRACK YOU LISTENED TO ON YOUR IPOD: IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE-RICH MANS WORLD DISLIKE: IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE WITH POWER, AND SOME OTHER THINGS. DREAM COUNTRY TO VISIT: BRAZIL (SOUTH AMERICA), VIETNAM, TIBET IF YOU GOT TO RELIVE ONE DAY IN YOUR MODELING CAREER: THE FIRST TIME GOING TO NEW YORK CITY. IT WAS SO SUDDEN AND UNEXPECTED, ONLY A FEW MONTHS AFTER I STARTED MODELING. IT WAS LIKE DREAM. I STARTED LAUGHING OUT LOUD IN THE LIMO THAT DROVE ME FROM JFK AIRPORT TO MANHATTAN. WHO ARE YOUR IDOLS: NORMAL PEOPLE AROUND ME IN EVERYDAY DAY LIFE. I HAVE MET LOTS OF GREAT PEOPLE IN MY 22 YEARS LIVING ON THIS PLANET. I’M LEARNING FROM EACH PERSON I MEET. I TRY TO TAKE BEST QUALITIES FROM THEM. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING TO MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD: MY TOES ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF: ANDREJ